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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah pencils down 20 'untouchable' players for World Cup

Published on: 10 February 2014
Kwesi Appiah has 20 'untouchable' players

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has penciled down 20 'untouchable’ players who will surely make his squad for the 2014 World Cup in June.

The Ghanaian trainer has up to the end of May to firm up his squad for the global showpiece in Brazil.

The 53-year-old is closely monitoring his squad options ahead of the tournament in the South American country and has refused to rule anybody in or out for his World Cup squad with plenty more football still to be played.

The former Ghana international has a core group of players who will almost certainly make the plane to Brazil, but knows that form and injuries will be a factor in selecting the final 23.

He however says he has settled on most of his players for the tournament and will only alter the squad on the basis of late injury.

"I have been saying this from day one that it is only when you are clubless that you will miss my team because I cannot justify why I must call a player who is inactive at club level into my World Cup squad,” he told Asempa FM

"As a coach there is no way you can say you don't have a rough idea of the players you need at a tournament with just some few months to go.

"There are some players that I have reduced my scope and concentrating on them for the World cup and the only thing I am praying against is that they don't get injuries or something of that sort.

"Saying that I can confidently say I have 18-20 of the players who will automatically make my squad to Brazil barring any injury.”

Captain Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin-Prince Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Daniel Opare, Majeed Waris, Samuel Inkoom among  host of others are sure bet to make the final squad.

The Black Stars will play high-profile international friendlies  against Costa Rica, Honduras and Holland in preparations for the tournament.

Ghana has been paired in group G where they will square off against old foes USA and Germany as well as Portugal.

Which players do you think are among the 20 players who will make the Ghana squad for the World Cup? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • Kwabena says:
    February 11, 2014 02:37 am
    My friend do not leave out Rabiu Mohammend. He is the MOST IMPORTANT player who has played the most important role for the Black Stars in the past 2 years. Rabiu MUST be at the World Cup. To me, he is the only untouchable player.
  • Kwabena says:
    February 11, 2014 02:39 am
    It is either you are good or NOT. Being a benchwarmer is NOT an offence. Some benchwarmers in clubs like Barcelona are better than regular players in some low clubs. Rabiu Mohammed is the most important player who must be at the World Cup. Adam Kwarasey must stay in posts during the World Cup. He is fit for the job at the World Cup in particular. Derek Boateng could be in the team but Kwasi Appiah must not insinuate using him in the defensive midfield because he is NOT a defensive midfielder.
  • askantwi says:
    February 11, 2014 05:35 am
    Please, stop drinking before writing such comments on this forum. You destroy you own reputation.
  • askantwi says:
    February 11, 2014 05:43 am
    This is the most likely Selection. Kwarassey Fatau Inkoom Sumaila Opare Harrison Akaminko Boye Jonathan Vorsah Essien Frimpong Andre Atsu Kevin Badu Gyan Wariss Kwadwo Wakaso Muntari Acheampong
  • boro says:
    February 11, 2014 03:22 pm
    I have always tipped these below crop of players to make the 23 man squad: Goalkeepers: Adam Kwaresey, Fatau Dauda, Francis Adjei Defenders: Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Daniel Opare, Isaac Vorsah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Midfielders: Michael Essien, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah , Sulley Muntari ,Afriyie Aquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Rabiu Mohammed, Wakaso Mubarak Strikers: Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng These players throughout our qualifiers both in the world cup and Africa cup as well as the Africa cup tournament in 2013 have acquired the class of possibly being selected into the BS team, no doubt about that but what they need is to maintain their form in order to be part of the 23-man squad else they can be ejected by these next crop of players though the road is long for these players and need to work extra harder because in football anything is possible. These players could possibly break into the above class of players: Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams, Razak Braihimah, Richard Kingston Defenders: Masahudu Alhassan, Nana Akwasi Asare, Lee Addy, Seth Konadu, Abeiku Ainooson, Kwabena Adusei, Nuru Sulley, Godfred Saka, Joshua Tijani, David Addy, Harrison Afful, Richard Kissi Boateng, Samuel Nkoom Midfielders: Alfred Duncan, Maxwell Acosty, Isaac Cofie, Enock Adu Kofi, Kwame Quansah Isaac Sackey, Bismark Adjei-Boateng, Ishmael Yartey, Seidu Salifu, Emmanuel Frimpong, Rahman Chibsah, Frank Acheampong, Bennard Kumordzi, Edwin Gyimah, Solomon Asante Strikers: Jeffrey Schulpp; Oduro; Shadrach Eghan, Ebenezer Assifuah, Samuel Afum, John Antwi, Jordan Ayew, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Dominic Adiyiyah
  • boro says:
    February 11, 2014 03:26 pm
    You know these players have up to May to maintain their class and form or risk losing their place to down the perking.
  • keith from germany says:
    February 10, 2014 11:13 am
    For me inkoom has lost his form since he left swiss top side fc basel The move to eastern has nearly destroyed his career. Based on current form i dont see him making the squad. There are some players who can gatecrash the squad. There one german ghana borned boy who plays for arminia bielefeld in the second bundesliga. He goes by the marcel appiah and plays as a rightful back and crosses are damn good. Shadrach eghan could also be one of the surprises if giving the chance becuz he has the quality. Selection will be headache for all coaches
  • Ashantigreats says:
    February 10, 2014 06:55 pm
    I hope the technical team can read and hear our comments .here is a case that we are facing problems With both on our defence and goalkeeping. I think training Abeiku Ainooson to pair With Vorsah or Boye Will solidfy the defence.if we look at the matches he played he was comparable to John Mensahs hey days,taking into consideration how the whole midfield was dessolved.
  • keith from germany says:
    February 10, 2014 04:28 pm
    Dimex my bro i have to dissagree with u on the inkoom matter. im not saying inkoom is a bad Talent because u and i know what he is capable of doing when he is in Topform. but as at now that cannot be said of hm because sinc he wentor that 10 Million Dollar deal in dnipro dnipetrovsk he has lost for massively. and on Marcel appiah of Bielefeld that guy has been rock solid for the westfalen side. he is strong in the air and his crosses are tailor measured. ist just sad most of my ghanaian Brothers dont get the Chance to see some of These Young chaps playing here in the second Division. lie they will see that for themselves.
  • Dimex says:
    February 10, 2014 03:52 pm
    @keith...Shad Eghan will not bad but forget Marcel Appiah from Arminia Bielefeld dar guy is Schrott.pls don't compare this guy to Inkoom
  • Jaja says:
    February 10, 2014 04:06 pm
    This is a very very unfortunate remark by Appiah. He should have said only 10 are sure, the rest are open. Why? The answer is two-fold. First of all, the already established players will now feel in the comfort zone that they will get their ticket to Brazil, regardless of their form. There are so many 'established' players who don't play for their club at all. Secondly, the upcoming players who are not yet established don't feel they have a fair chance of breaking into the squad now, as Appiah made up his mind yet. Lastly there are so many players who have yet to play a singe minute of football, either due to injury or inactivity at club level. Let me mention a few players who haven't played regularly for their clubs at all: - Wakaso, is a permanent bench warmer at Rubin. - Annan, rarely makes the first team of Schalke and hasn't played a single match. - Dauda, is a bench-warmer for Orlando Pirates. - Rabiu, is bench warmer for Kuban Krasnodar. - Derek Boateng, is a bench warmer for Fulham. - Vorsah, still injured and hasn't played a single match for over a year. - Boye, coming back from injury, and doesn't look to regain his starting berth at Rennes, making him a bench warmer. - Inkoom, just started playing for his lowly-placed Greek side. Does he deserve a starting berth? - Acheampong, mostly a bench-warmer for Anderlecht. Are these players already on the plane to Brazil?? Or do they have to fight for the 3 places only avilable?
  • Ogya says:
    February 10, 2014 03:00 pm
    What the hell is this coach talking about about? Does he understand his statement or he is being misquoted by this stupid GSN. This is the quote from above; "“I have been saying this from day one that it is only when you are clubless that you will miss my team because I cannot justify why I must call a player who is inactive at club level into my World Cup squad,” he told Asempa FM. This statement is contradictory, is he saying that he will not call players who do not have teams or players that have teams but warming the bench? What is the point in calling a player to the national team who has a club but is not even playing. I believe in a way he is creating a justification in case he includes Fatau Dauda who is inactive in his team.
  • keith from germany says:
    February 10, 2014 01:33 pm
    Wassup zikalanka. Just give me your name on fb n i will find u
  • Murtala says:
    February 10, 2014 01:58 pm
    Idont believe this is what the coach said.
  • zikalanga says:
    February 10, 2014 02:02 pm
    @keith text ur fb name to 001 917 400 7219
  • keith from germany says:
    February 10, 2014 01:31 pm
    Yeah bro real sabacious u are right. Afful aint bad but i guess the wc is too a big stage for me. Who knows maybe he might prove his critics wrong. Akaminko can marshall the right back and baba abdul rahman of german second tier Spvgg Greuther Fürth is always being overlooked. He can easily solve our left fullback positions. I dont kno why AA dont try left footed players like addy or nana kwesi asare to test them on the left side of defence. Becuz if u always call these left footed players n u dont test them how can u solve the left back position? A good example was german coach joachim löw who tested aogo,marvin compper,philip lahm,jerome boateng,heiko westerman,marcel schmelzer and marcel jansen before settling now for marcel jansen of hamburger sport verein. We have a long way to go in some kinds of aspects in life
  • zikalanka says:
    February 10, 2014 11:37 am
    Keith u are very righ....and I like ur idea of the game...are u on fb?
  • real sabacious says:
    February 10, 2014 12:48 pm
    I really find it hard to understand Akwasi Appiah sometimes,it's really unfortunate if he did make such a loss statement.With the exception of Essien,Gyan,dede,k.Asamoah,sulley,kp Boateng,wakaso,Atsu,Jonathan mensah,Akaminko, warris and Boye (if fit)there's question mark on other players.If Annan manages to break into the schalke team,he's a sure bet to take the position of either rabiu or badu.Inkoom is a waste and doesn't deserve a place in the team just like Afful.Akaminko and wakaso are the best option for the right and left full position.David addy and opare can deputy them.the rest of the positions are for grab!don't forget in football anything can happen in a month or two.
  • masawudu ahmed says:
    May 28, 2014 04:41 pm
    i will like the coach to take rabbiu mohammed to brazil not that we will not make any thing because is is going to tack for Ghana so please send him to the squared